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Golden Sand Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Chrissi Akti
Poznan, Poland
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2 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

We've spent 1 week at Golden Sand Hotel on late October 2013. This place rocks. We've been to Egypt, Turkey or Tunisia before (always 3 or 4 stars hotels) but there was no better appartment condition than in Golden Sand. You get a very clean and cozy 1 bedroom appartment with quite a big living room (nice big corner sofa). Living room has a great big glass doors. Balcony has access from living room and bedroom. Bathroom is VERY clean and comfortable.
The pool is big enough although I used it only once. There is many sun beds around the pool. Great thing is you can choose if you want to stay close to the pool or sit futher on the grass.
I'm the internet guy so solid and stable connection is always important to me. I wasn't disappointed here. You get great access almost every place within Golden complex (I notices that signal was very weak in further parts of pool patio.
There is also small children playground close to the pool but there's not to many toys.
The reason I didn't rate 5 stars is catering which was average.
The location of hotel is great, one minute walk from sandy beach (sun beds charged), bus stop just outside of hotel entrance - every 15-20min there is a bus going to Chania center for 2 euro/per person.
I would recommend this place to everyone !!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

We carefully and quite long searched for best area and hotel close to Chania. As a finall choice we spent a wonderfull two weeks in Golden Sand Hotel at area called Chrissi Acti. I want to say first that the hotel is in about 100 distance from the best beaches in western Creta - with google earth view we checked before all the beaches :) and we found only one place where you have three bays in row, and inside lovely sandy beaches with some rocky sides so the kids were extremely happy diving for stone treasures and walking&exploring around. Saying in others word - two weeks was not enough to explore it fully by our kids (seems for us imposible, but happily was true), others part of Creta have mostly looong straight beaches which for us were quite boring and after checking some of them with rented car we found that the beaches nearby our Golden Sand Hotel are just a best choice far ahead of their competetitors! There is a bus stand nearby the hotel where are very frequent busses to Chania (ticket 1 euro and some cents) - about 10 minute travel only and you are inside the lovely Chania full of small shops and restaurants (we preffer the small restaurants hidden inside small streets of Chania harbour).


The hotel area is very spacious what is not common around. In central internal place is a big lawn and garden area with clean and big in size pool, with safe part for smaller kids - the garden with free umbrellas and fine choice of trees gives the fantastic natural sun protection while on pool area, and the pool bar on one side and hotel restaurant on second side with professional and kindly staff makes the place simply a heaven a whole day long. The apartment itself was very modern, well designed and cleaned often, free air condition worked perfectly - the same free Wi-Fi was perfect working everywhere (in pool too !). The best part of the apartment - including the beds, kitchen part, fridge and well equipped bathroom - was a spacious and roofed intimate balcon with a whole wall glass door which gives us grand view on mountains nearby - it is really something, great place to spent evenings with a glass of wine (no mosquitos around!). There are not too many big shops on Creta, but not here - in walking distance you have as much as four big malls (Inka the best one, Carrefour, Lidl and AB) - so you can buy variety of product in best prices and prepare meals itself in apartment. Choice of restaurants and taverns is also satisfactory around.

What I liked most? It is owned and professionally rulled by one traditionall greek family - Kostas and Eftichia, even their kids were helping in reception, so if you will read this comment 20 years later, for sure the next generation of good managers rule it. You are not anonymous here, they care about the guests and many time of a day I saw managers spending a time and helping guests and playing with their kids - They put their hearts in it and I wish we have a chance to spent a time with them again. Before we choosed that hotel, we contacted them directly for best choice available - we advice you the same, as managers can search for you better choice then affiliate reservation sites. We spent there two weeks in August and seen a lot of happy families around so it is unbelieveable that the hotel has so small number of comments. Hope we filled that gap. I put in my comment most important answers to my questions before I choosed the place. If next time on Creta, we will land at Golden Sand Beach hotel - if they not raise their good prices :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Xaneta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2009

We`ve just spent two weeks at this hotel. We was quite satisfied with the room and the veranda with its nice seaview. Both rooms and balcony was relativey spacious.

There is one thing we would like to point out for other guests planning to stay at this hotel. Several guests arriving at this hotel got a problem when they arrived because the hotelowner had overbooked the hotel. Therefore the guests was placed at smaller and other surrounding hotels. This seems to be done by purpose.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2009

Have just visited Golden Sand and have had a nice time there. BUT: Our family had booked 3 apartments and got the reservation confirmed from the management several times. Upon arrival, 2 of the rooms were at hotels near by because the owner Kostas on purpose had been doublebooking his hotel for two weeks just to earn som more money. He was asking the other hotels he was using for a percentage of the payment although the guests were not staying in his hotel at all. Several families had to stay at other hotels and did not get what they had expected. Golden Sands owner told about the doublebooking to the owner of one of the neighbourhotels and could not see anything wrong in doing this.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Golden Sand Hotel
Address: Chrissi Akti, Chrissi Akti, Crete 731 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Chrissi Akti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Chrissi Akti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Golden Sand Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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